The unwillingness of some players to participate in the Ranji Trophy is apparently upsetting the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Even while players like Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara have been working hard to make a return to the Indian team—the former even scoring a few tonnes in the process—some players aren’t participating in First Class cricket because they have been forced to sit out. It seems sense that the board is upset with those who aren’t giving the Ranji Trophy much thought, and they are apparently trying to let the players know how they feel.
“In the next few days, all the players will be communicated by the BCCI to play for their state team in the Ranji Trophy, as long as they are not on national duty, with only those who are unfit and recovering at the NCA being granted an exemption. The Board isn’t too happy with certain players already in IPL mode from January,” TOI quoted a source as saying.
Ishan Kishan, the wicketkeeper batsman, has faced a lot of flak lately about his choice to skip the Ranji Trophy. During India’s tour of South Africa, Ishan requested a sabbatical for his mental health and hasn’t returned to the national team since. Although head coach Rahul Dravid insisted that he “play some cricket,” he continued to ignore the Ranji Trophy despite being sighted training with his Indian Premier League captain, Hardik Pandya.
Even though there is a Test series against England going on, the BCCI is reportedly not thrilled about certain players being in “IPL mode” since January. KS Bharat and Dhruv Jurel, among others, have been vying for the position behind the wickets in Ishan’s absence.
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